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With this book, however, Mr. William Goodloe discloses the simple but rewarding
pleasures of coconut palm frond weaving to the Western reader and insures that the art will endure despite inroads of modernization. Based on years of meticulous study and practice, the book explains in clear, easy-tounderstand
instructions how to obtain and prepare coconut palm fronds suitable for
weaving into hats, baskets, epergnes, mats, birds, and various decorations. More than 100 easy-to-follow diagrams and sketches give the reader exact, detailed instructions on weaving procedures, and provide countless ideas to inspire the imagination of the creator. After mastering the basic principles of frond weaving, the reader will be able to duplicate almost any woven object or execute his own designs, whether in coconut palm fronds or with fronds from other types of palm trees and palmettos. The weaving itself takes no unusual physical
prowess. In fact, frond weaving is well suited to the needs of both recreational craft and physical therapy programs, as well as the general hobbyist. With a little patience and effort, a novice weaver can acquire the skills of an ancient art which is as uncomplicated as it is beautiful. This economical and delightfully presented volume will be a valued addition to the literature of traditional handicrafts, a book that recreation libraries and all craft
enthusiasts will welcome.

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